ACM-W Connections — December 2018
Welcome from the ACM-W Chair
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or so a popular holiday song claims. It certainly is one of the busiest! Like many of you, I look forward to a few weeks to pull back and relax with family and friends. While many of the projects of ACM-W will be less active in the next month, there are two big efforts that you will want to participate in if you haven’t already done so.
Final Deadline for Gender Gap Survey!
The survey project portion of A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences (https://icsugendergapinscience.org) will end on December 31st. The following summarizes the status of the project as of the end of November:
- Overall response goal: 45,000 scientists worldwide
- Responses as
- Responses from
thecomputingcommunity: 2876 (81% ofestablishedtarget)
The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed in one of seven languages, by visiting http://statisticalresearchcenter.org/global18. Participation is not limited by gender and all undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals who have worked in computing are encouraged to respond. Please ask your colleagues and peers to help us make the final push toward the target of 3557 respondents from our discipline.
Grad Cohort Funding Applications Being Accepted
ACM-W will once again sponsor teams of 2-3 people from countries outside of North America to attend the CRA-W Grad Cohort workshop in hopes that this successful program replicates in areas around the world. Already we have seen events in India (7/2018) and Spain (10/2018) and another event is planned in Ireland early next year (2/2019). This year’s workshop will be held April 12-13, 2019 in Chicago, IL. We invite applications to attend now through January 15, 2019. You can find the form to apply at https://goo.gl/forms/aTWBDGYXWUgfO5BA3.
Other ACM-W News
Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:
- The Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing was held for the 6th time in November. Read all about
thislongstanding, successful event.
- The Student Chapters project kicks off another
- ACM-W India reports on the Grace Hopper Celebration
ofIndia, which was held November 14-16 in Bangalore.
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
News from ACM-W Celebrations
Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in ComputingConference (RMCWiC)
TheSixth Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing Conference was held November 1-2, 2018, at the Denver Sheraton West hotel in Lakewood, Colorado. There was an amazing support from 25 academic, industry, and
The conference kicked off
At 5:30p, the Poster Session, Demos, Networking, and Reception kicked off with 6 student presenters discussing their research, along with the LSG Innovations demo “Shadow Lens Demonstration: Tactical Multi-INT Sensor Fusion”. At 6:30p, a buffet dinner was served, during which sponsors were recognized and a slide show featuring Notable Women in Computing was presented while students dined.
The evening keynote featured a 20-minute documentary, “The Computers: The Remarkable Story of the ENIAC Programmers”, followed by a virtual Q & A session with the filmmaker, Kathy Kleinman. The day closed with a “Getting Started with FreeBSD”Programming Workshop, at 9:00p.
At 9:00am, a plenary panel, “My Path to Entrepreneurship” featured Four chief executive officers who shared their story – Andrea Guendelman (
Following a short break, panel discussions and workshops resumed at
Running in parallel at
Lightning Talks ran before lunch. The lunch keynote began at 12:05p with a talk entitled “Navigating the Death Valleys to Reach the Meadows and Mountaintops”, by entrepreneur Andrea Guendelman, who shared the
At 1:40p, the conference resumed with five Graduate Student Talk sessions, a workshop, and six Birds of a Feather
The conference closed with the presentation of awards by Elle Boese from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Graduate Student Talk and Poster Winners received a deck of Notable Women in Computing playing cards. Three students earned Honorable Mention and five earned top honors for their Posters and Grad Student Talks. A final raffle was held to give away the remaining books.
If you are interested in organizing a Celebration, please contact Wendy Powley, the Celebrations Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from ACM-W Student Chapters
Welcome to our new student chapters at Southern Louisiana University, Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR), and Alpha Arts and Science College.
We are launching another Facebook contest this month! Post to our Students Chapters Facebook page about an activity your chapter held this fall and your chapter may win $250. Refer to our Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201119703378118/
GHCI 2018 – The Grace Hopper Celebration of India2018, November14-6, 2018, Bangalore India
The Grace Hopper Celebration of women in computing, India GHCI2018co-sponsored by ACM is one of
A half an hour slot on 16th December was allotted to ACM W India Speaker to address GHCI 2018 Scholars. There were three speakers who
Speaker 1: Mrs. Ruchika Mann, Director on Board of American Express and working with American Express from past 18 years did not have any ambition or goal to become so successful. The learning she shared with the attendees was to keep saying ‘yes’. Yes to the opportunities that knock without hesitation. She initially didn’t even wish to opt for Science and instead wished to pursue Arts. Her family stressed her on choosing Science and her career started as Java developer. Soon the curiosity and guts to say ‘Yes’ to balls thrown at her started becoming her stairs of success.
Speaker 2: Dr. Kalika Bali has been
Speaker 3: Dr. MeenakshiD’Souza, IIIT-Bangalore, discussed
The GHCI 2018 Scholar
A small meet up of ACM Sponsored Scholars was organized on 16th December during GHCI2018. ACM-W Councilmember Prof. Heena
News from ACM-W Europe
Join us in Rome for womENcourage 2019 September
The blog for womENcourage 2018 is live at http://acmwe.hosting.acm.org/2018/10/29/womencourage-2018/.